Cost of Australian Elections


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How Much Do Elections Cost the Taxpayer.

As it is election time again, and we see all the people out and about placing their votes, the cost of this entire process pops into my mind.

How much will this 2010 Election cost us this year ?

The cost of the 2007 Federal Election jumped from the $117m cost in 2004 up to $163m.
If those costs jump at the same rate, then the 2010 Election will rise to $227m.
That would work out at about $16.35 per person. Makes me think that we should at least get a FREE sausage sizzle when we vote 🙂

Cost of each Election involving the House of Representatives. Some of these Elections also included House of Senate voting.

Date : Cost
1901 : œ56,331
1903 : œ46,119
1906 : œ48,177
1910 : œ 59,281
1913 : œ 91,438
1917 : œ 85,437
1919 : œ 96,955
1922 : œ 89,808
1925 : œ 105,010
1928 : œ 118,844
1929 : œ 105,269
1931 : œ 90,505
1934 : œ 102,861
1937 : œ 101,628
1940 : œ 104,881
1943 : œ 107,968
1946 : œ 154,848
1949 : œ 176,648
1954 : œ 239,525
1955 : œ 300,456
1958 : œ 315,263
1961 : $ 866,439
1963 : $ 942,497
1966 : $ 1,079,089
1969 : $ 1,425,075
1972 : $ 1,980,132
1977 : $ 9,050,000
1980 : $ 12,448,000
1984 : $ 38,430,000
1990 : $ 55,478,000
1993 : $ 64,049,500
1996 : $ 91,407,000
1998 : $ 96,709,059
2001 : $105,830,037
2004 : $117,264,872
2007 : $163,076,106


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The 2007 Federal Election, at a cost of $163,076,106 and with 13,646,539 eligible voters, had a cost per voter of $11.95.

The 2004 Federal Election, at a cost of $117,264,872 and with 13,098,461 eligible voters, had a cost per voter of $8.95.


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